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Essential Frithjof Schuon, The

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Schuon's insights on religion, prayer, the spiritual life, aesthetics, philosophy, theology, traditional civilization, and the errors of modernism shine throughout this book.

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Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) was widely acknowledged as the foremost 20th century exponent of the Perennial Philosophy. These selections, chosen under his supervision, were approved by him during his lifetime and confirmed as a representative volume of his magisterial writings. Covering a enormous range of topics on the nature of religion, esotericism and mysticism, love and knowledge of God, theology and philosophy, Schuon’s unique approach to comparative religion, metaphysics, aesthetics, prayer, the spiritual path and criticism of the modern world, this volume opens the way to understanding one of the most influential philosophers and spiritual leaders of our time.

There is no better point of entry for the reader seeking to understand the vast intellectual and spiritual world of Frithjof Schuon and the Perennial Philosophy.


"His writings are universal, not only because the formless Essence is universal, but also because even on the level of forms he does not confine himself solely to a particular world, period or region. Schuon's works are also comprehensive and all-embracing in the sense that they include practically the whole mountain of knowledge understood in the traditional sense.

From the point of view of sheer scholarly knowledge, it is hardly possible to find a contemporary corpus of writings with the same all-embracing and comprehensive nature combined with incredible depth."     ~Seyyed Hossein Nasr

“One of the keys to the understanding of our true nature and of our ultimate destiny is the fact that the things of this world never measure up to the real range of our intelligence… Among all the intelligences of this world the human spirit alone is capable of objectivity, and this implies— or proves—that what confers on our intelligence the power to accomplish to the full what it can accomplish to the full what it can accomplish, and what makes it wholly what it is, is the Absolute alone.”

Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) was arguably the leading light of the Traditionalist/Perennialist school of thought during many of its formative years in the twentieth century. This school is marked by its dedication to exploring the single timeless Truth that finds its various expressions in the many spiritual traditions that have guided humankind over the millennia.

Editor Nasr, Seyyed Hossein
Author Schuon, Frithjof
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 547 pp.
Publisher World Wisdom 2005
Series Library of Perennial Philosophy
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